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10-27-2012, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by marcel snapshot View Post
But the owners stance this time around is basically, yeah revenue grew 50%, the game has never been more popular but we're still too stupid to restrain ourselves from overpaying for certain assets, a lot of us are incompetent managers, and a few of us are stuck in terrible markets because Bettman has no intuitive feel for the game and therefore has little sense of what separates a good hockey market from a bad one.
Other than the length of contracts given out this has nothing to do with smart or stupid mgmt. Owners feel 57% of HRR going to the players is too much. As soon as the NBA got the 49 to 51% band on BRI this lockout/owner demand became a reality. NFL's band is 47 to 48.5% and Fehr's baby MLB is, according to some articles, 45% revenue going to the players. Why should the NHLPA care? They don't have to. However as the saying goes: you can do this the easy way or the hard way.

The fact is compared to other NA sports leagues the NHL pays the highest share to the players with the smallest pie. If you have a solution to this that is player friendly I'd love to hear. Sticking your head in the sand and not paying heed to which way the wind is blowing in your industry is not constructive.

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